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Exploring the re-wiring of the brain: Michael Merzenich on TED.com

Posted by: Matthew Trost

Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain’s incredible power: its ability to re-wire itself. He’s researching ways to harness this plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function. (Recorded at TED2004, February 2004, in Monterey, California. Duration: 23:07.)

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Comments (3)

  • Alfonso Garcia commented on Dec 17 2011

    Very imporant message delieverd in the last two minutes. It’s up tu US, to define, refine and fine tune the concept of ones SELF

  • Alfonso Garcia commented on Dec 17 2011

    It all comes to the last two minutes of this great and interesting talk. Its all about “who we are”. The responsibility to adapt lies in the concept of ones SELF.

  • Harley Witt commented on Apr 28 2009

    In summary, the brain can rewire itself and some learning problems stem from signal to noise issues. In the future, we need to exercise our mind and body. I was really hoping for something more useful.
    I’ll say this until I am blue in the face. We need a comprehensive free online education system that is highly engaging to keep us interesting in learning and developing.
    Seems to me that dual n-back tests were proving to show advances in cognitive abilities from practicing them. I wonder if anyone can comment on the best free online resources for “proven” enhancements to cognitive ability.
    By the way, if some brilliant universities are creating specialized software to help children with learning disabilities, why don’t they create it for free online consumption to reach the broader audience. I can rapidly prototype learning experiments using Unity3d as I have done with my worldlearningtree. Surely, others that have the time and money can do much better but I haven’t found many.